There are nearly 200,000 children and teens at risk of hunger in the Washington, DC metro area. Access to proper nutrition is critical for academic achievement, mental and physical health, and future economic prosperity. The Capital Area Food Bank operates multiple programs which provide food to children and their families, with a special focus on providing the nutritious food that allows children to grow and thrive.
Our Kids Cafe ® Summer Meals program ensures that children and teens have access to healthy meals during the summertime, through the federal Summer Food Service Program! When school is out for the summer, kids lose access to free and reduced school meals. That’s where we step in! Meals are served at a variety of locations in our community, such as places of worship, apartment buildings, and public recreation centers. In addition to feeding kids, this program ensures that children remain stimulated all summer long, to prevent academic slide when school is out of session.
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Looking to Participate?
To find food resources for children, teens, and families, please visit the Food Bank Network.
To find Summer Meals in your community, please
- Visit the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service page
- Text “FOOD” to 877-877
- Call 1-866-3-Hungry
Looking to Become a Partner?
In order to be eligible to participate in this program, your site must:
- Have a safe place to serve children (ages 18 and under)
- Serve a minimum of 15 children at least 4 days a week
- Have at least two adults available to lead meal service
- Be eligible under federal guidelines (We can help you determine this!)
- Have an internet connection, computer and/or tablet, a working refrigerator, and sinks to wash serving utensils
We are not currently accepting applications for Summer Meals sites. Check back in February!